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Share our experiences with this new injectable drug. Lets explore the pros and cons together and how it has made life better.

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byetta and januvia.

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Six months+ on Byetta

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januvia and byetta:

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Nano needles

Started by jojo55. Last reply by 2tall63 Aug 16, 2012. 4 Replies

New Byetta user looking for advice

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Byetta by my PCP and having side effects.

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Byetta causing lows?

Started by sierraflowr. Last reply by Teri Oct 28, 2011. 1 Reply

Better than Byetta?

Started by Tony S.. Last reply by sierraflowr Oct 28, 2011. 6 Replies

Why does my blood sugar numbers vary?

Started by mybloodissweet. Last reply by sierraflowr Oct 27, 2011. 1 Reply

Going Back on Byetta?

Started by Sierra. Last reply by mybloodissweet Sep 29, 2011. 1 Reply

Yay for Lizard Spit!

Started by Lauriero. Last reply by mybloodissweet Jul 26, 2011. 3 Replies

Byetta.....no more for me

Started by Pineyboy May 16, 2011. 0 Replies

Byetta and nausea

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Timing of Byetta (2 times daily) and meds such Metformin.

Started by Martin J Spielman. Last reply by Pineyboy Feb 28, 2011. 1 Reply

Byetta and hair loss...

Started by TTempel. Last reply by Patty Jan 25, 2011. 3 Replies

Byetta plus Metformin

Started by gretchen. Last reply by Cathy Jacobson Nov 30, 2010. 8 Replies

Working out first thing in The AM

Started by Doug. Last reply by Teri Oct 18, 2010. 1 Reply

Metformin and Byetta

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Comment by pinkywomen on December 1, 2010 at 8:16am
Thanks Doug for sharing your story with me. I to have been fighting against giving up the good ole sugar stuff. I have not jumped on the exercise thing yet. But I figure that is going to be the only way to get these number down. Hey, do you mine sharing the name of the book, so I can look into it and give it a try. I really need to find something new to try. I think your number are looking great after 4 days, good going and keep it up.
Comment by Doug on December 1, 2010 at 7:59am
I have been in denial about my diabetes for 10 years. What I mean is I have been unwilling of give up candy and cake and refined flour products, so I take Byetta, Metformin, Actos, and Avandia. I exercise and my AC1 is consistently below 7, and my doctors have been happy. Well I am sick of injecting myself, and more so worried that I have not been able to lose any weight even though I workout 3 or more times a week. I spend a lot of time online, and came across a website claiming a 30-day cure to diabetes, it took several weeks of thought and I decided to buy the book, and start the 10 day phase on this past Sunday, Saturday night I had my farewell desserts (Apple pie, Lemon Meringue pie, a Pear tart, half a pound of M&Ms, just to give you an idea). My Monday morning GL was 197 and my bedtime was 114. On Day two my fasting GL was 174 and bedtime was 131..today my fasting glucose was 134 at 7AM and after a 30 minute workout and before breakfast it was 104. What I'm getting at is just 4 days and my glucose is getting into normal ranges, and more so my point is this clearly shows it is what you eat. So what am I eating, for the first 10 days: Veggies minus potatoes, but pumpkin/squash is in, legumes, cheese, eggs, yogurt, milk, meat &/or tofu and healthy fats: butter and EVO. After 10 days fruit and WHOLE-GRAINS get added, after that not sure haven't read that far yet, but I can pretty well assume SUGAR will never be reintroduced. At the end of 30 days, basically the New year, I'll see if I can get off or reduce my meds, and how I feel, and who know maybe I can be happy with getting my sweets from fruit. I know it is a struggle, but if I can take the step so can you. Happy Holidays!
Comment by pinkywomen on December 1, 2010 at 7:11am
Does anyone take insulin and byetta? I been wondering if a nighttime insulin and byetta during the day would help my am bs highs,since byetta does not work through the night. I take metformin at night, but that does not seem to be working and I am waking up with 200+ bs.
Comment by pinkywomen on December 1, 2010 at 7:08am
Thanks Tony for sharing. I know for a fact I do not drink enough water each day. I can go hours and hours with out drinking. And I thought this was good, before getting my sugar down where they are, I drank all the time. I will work on getting my water in. Thanks
Comment by Tony S. on November 30, 2010 at 6:52pm
Hi, pinkywomen.

You know, when I started Byetta I thought all my troubles were over. Magic, right? Nope. Wrong. Byetta helps me not eat so much and perhaps helps my body accept insulin, but I still had to follow all the other rules for diabetics. Here's my story:

Everyone is different but my a.m. BS numbers were high until I made a few "lifestyle" [hate that word!] modifications. This is what worked for me:

1) Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water per day --- I'm no M.D., but when I wake up fiercely thirsty, I just know my numbers are going to be high.
2) Getting more sleep. I used to cruise on 5 to 6 hours per night, but that's not enough time for the numbers to come down to a more normal range. I couldn't believe it when I slept for almost 8 hours and woke up with numbers like a non-diabetic.
3. Also, by staying up late, I was starting to get hungry again at about 11 p.m. By cutting off the late-night snacking by getting to bed earlier, my a.m. numbers have come down, especially my HgA1c numbers. I notice you eat early. Byetta supposedly acts for less than 6 hours. It's already worn off, perhaps, by your bedtime.

Again, this is what worked for me, an ex- night-owl. I really hope some of this helps you. Best of luck and be patient and kind with yourself.
Comment by pinkywomen on November 30, 2010 at 1:24pm
I started on byetta nearly a week ago. If I take my last dose (5:oo pm) before dinner, is going to carry through the night. I have not been able to get my morning bs downk, I hit at about 200 each morning. I also take 1500 mg of metformin and 4mg of glimpride before bed and anoth 4mg of glimpridge in the morning. I am not having any side effect at the 5mg.
Comment by Jani on November 2, 2010 at 5:49pm
Been on Byetta for a year now with insulin resistance, constant hunger, and now hair is falling out and finger nails are peeling so badly they nail itself is lower than I can trim anymore. PCP and Endo keep blowing me off about the haif loss and nail thing, but it's really starting to bother me. I had lost 18 lbs. on current meds blend, which included HRT. Then they changed my HRT to a different kind, and that's when the constant hunger started, and I've gained back 10 lbs in 2 months, retaining lots of fluid, high blood pressure in just two months. not sure if byetta causes the fluid retention which causes the high blood pressure, or if byette is the culprit for the hair loss and nail damage. anyone out there with similar sypmtoms?
Comment by Samantha on March 28, 2010 at 8:22am
Hi, I am not a byetta user but just started Victoza. There are not a lot of people on Tu that seem to be using Victoza and since both meds work the same way I thought I might be able to gleen a little knowledge on side effects and experience.
Comment by Christalyn on November 22, 2009 at 2:28am
Is it common to use Byetta with an Insulin injection? I went to my Endo and she has started me on this Insulin pen once in the morning. I am to continue with the other cocktail of meds as normal.

Are there any reports about using Byetta with Insulin. I am just wondering?? Thanks!
Comment by Tony S. on November 14, 2009 at 1:54pm
The Eli Lily rep who taight the Byetta classes I attended said not to worry about the air bubble. It does rise to the top when the pen is held vertically, needle down, and poses not problem.

The only trouble I've had with the pen is several drops of the drug coming out of the needle after I've injected and turned the dial. The phone support person said that I hadn't received the full dose and suggested holding the pen vertically and for the correct amount of time, counting very slowly to five.
 

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